Deck Stripping & Staining


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Hello, Im about to strip & stain my deck..and just had a few questions.
I have some cracks in the wood that are about 1/8 inch think and about 1 inch deep in spots. Only like 3 or 4 boards are affected like that. The rest have even smaller cracks. I took a pic of one of the 1/8 inch cracks here -
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/5994/deck1j.jpg
Should I get a tube of wood cement and just fill in those cracks before staining ?
2 coats of stain seem recommended on most sites.. Some even say 2 coats of stain and 1 coat of paint on top. Any thoughts on that ? Seems like a little too much since most decks need to be re-stained once every 3 to 4 years anyway.
Also, about the stripping.. Has anyone used a pressure washer trying to strip a deck before ? Decent results ? Im debating whether or not to rent one out.
And not sure if I should put the paint stripper material on first before pressure washing . maybe a lot will come off without needing paint stripper ?
I remember when I used normal stripper last time and just used a garden hose, certain woods seem much harder to remove the stain from. Like these posts that support the deck -
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/3527/deck2q.jpg
Its like the stain gels into there forever.. Its been 5 years and it still looks like that. If I cant remove the stain from those posts, should I just paint over it ? Im planning on using a lighter colored paint this time. Light brownish.
An overview of the big task at hand -
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/7353/deck3t.jpg
any help is much appreciated.. you guys have always been a big help in the past.
John
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Hello, Im about to strip & stain my deck..and just had a few questions.
I have some cracks in the wood that are about 1/8 inch think and about 1 inch deep in spots. Only like 3 or 4 boards are affected like that. The rest have even smaller cracks. I took a pic of one of the 1/8 inch cracks here -
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/5994/deck1j.jpg
Should I get a tube of wood cement and just fill in those cracks before staining ?
2 coats of stain seem recommended on most sites.. Some even say 2 coats of stain and 1 coat of paint on top. Any thoughts on that ? Seems like a little too much since most decks need to be re-stained once every 3 to 4 years anyway.
Also, about the stripping.. Has anyone used a pressure washer trying to strip a deck before ? Decent results ? Im debating whether or not to rent one out.
And not sure if I should put the paint stripper material on first before pressure washing . maybe a lot will come off without needing paint stripper ?
I remember when I used normal stripper last time and just used a garden hose, certain woods seem much harder to remove the stain from. Like these posts that support the deck -
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/3527/deck2q.jpg
Its like the stain gels into there forever.. Its been 5 years and it still looks like that. If I cant remove the stain from those posts, should I just paint over it ? Im planning on using a lighter colored paint this time. Light brownish.
An overview of the big task at hand -
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/7353/deck3t.jpg
any help is much appreciated.. you guys have always been a big help in the past.
John
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Should decks be stripped every time they are to be painted ? It just took me 3 days to strip mine with a powerwasher and I really dont want to do it again.
What if we just paint it every 2 years...is that fine ? What qualification makes it that we have to strip it ?
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On Sat, 19 Sep 2009 17:56:26 -0400, "john"

No.
Yes. None.
Old paint is scarped/feathered at the edges. New paint will go on smooth.
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On Sat, 19 Sep 2009 17:56:26 -0400, "john"

You should prep the surface per instructions on the can. Not all finishes are alike.
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How big is the deck? 3 days seems like a lot.
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Why on earth are you "painting" it instead of staining it? Stain just fades over time, it doesn't peel. No need to strip, ever,.
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On Wed, 9 Sep 2009 14:10:51 -0400, "john"

I would not. Unless the crack is big enough to catch a woman's heal spike, leave it alone. Fix any adjacent boards that have more than a 1/8 step to prevent a tripping hazard.

Follow the manufacturer's recommendations. I like to really soak the end grain--that's where water wicks in and possibly rots the wood.

I like the ideal of mechanical removal. If you sand, wear a good-fitting dust mask.

Wow. Your deck looks terrible with the peeling red (sorry!) I used Cabot Decking stain (color driftwood gray), the wear caused the high spots to show, highlighting the wood grain. It really looks like natural driftwood and I get compliments all the time asking me how it's done.

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